David Seymour Accepts Act Leadership
“I am honoured to lead the ACT Party, I look forward to the challenge and relish the opportunity.
It has been a privilege to work with Jamie Whyte. I want to acknowledge his tireless efforts through the past nine
months and during the campaign. Through his efforts the Party was rejuvenated and our membership increased. It is a
substantial achievement and on behalf of all the members and supporters of the ACT Party, we thank you Jamie.
Once again the ACT Party, with the support of Epsom voters, is contributing the vital extra seat that will assist a
National-led government to implement the policy changes which will boost growth and prosperity in New Zealand.
The principles that drive ACT are timeless – freedom, opportunity, choice, competition, personal responsibility and
compassion. ACT believes in small but efficient government, and a low tax burden to encourage and reward hard work and
creativity. Only with low taxes will individuals and families be able to get ahead from their own efforts.
The successful New Zealand we know today is significantly due to the policy reforms of the founders of the ACT Party.
Those reforms are why we are consistently rated as amongst the freest economies in global surveys. It is this
environment that has freed the energy we now see in New Zealand innovation and entrepreneurship. We see it in business,
in sport, in the arts, and in science and technology. Cutting red tape and reducing the tax burden further will unleash
The celebration of entrepreneurship is core to ACT values – it is what drives our economy and incomes forward, creating
new industries, new jobs, and higher incomes.
I am excited by the opportunity I have as Leader of the ACT Party, as the MP for Epsom, as well as my Parliamentary
Under-Secretary roles in Education and Regulatory Reform.
I look forward to ACT contributing to a stable and successful National-led government, and to expanding our presence in
Parliament in 2017.